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won the national championship with that purported traitor Rick Pitino leading the way.
At least, there’s football to look forward to.
Hey, don’t snicker. Some 42,000 tickets had been distributed late last week for Kentucky’s spring football game this Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. ET and can be seen Sunday on a tape-delay basis at 9 p.m. on Fox Sports South.
Mark Stoops has yet to lose a game as the Wildcats’ coach, but he’s already accomplished a major goal: He has Kentucky fans excited about football.
Even if the Wildcats approach a crowd in the 30,000 range on Saturday, that’s a fantastic start to the Stoops era. Kentucky’s spring game attendance a year ago was listed at 4,500, and there were actual games last season where there weren’t 25,000 people in Commonwealth Stadium.
There’s always a renewed sense of hope when a new coach comes in, but Stoops came in and made an immediate splash on the recruiting trail.
Nothing spurs hope like signing marquee players.
The Wildcats were ranked 36th nationally by ESPN in recruiting this past February and beat more established programs for the likes of athlete/receiver Ryan Timmons, defensive end Jason Hatcher, running back JoJo Kemp, cornerback Jaleel Hytchye and safety Marcus McWilson.
It’s one of the highest-rated classes in school history, and several of those players could make big impacts this first season.
Ultimately, it all comes down to winning on the field, and there’s a reason that Kentucky hasn’t had a winning season in SEC play since 1977. It's one hellacious job; one of the toughest in college football... Read more at the link
It wasnt the best of weeks (or hoops seasons) in the Big Blue Empire. Bitter rival Louisville won the national championship with that purported
Thanks for the link, cobbycobb
An undefeated coach with BBN on board.
Thanks cobby..great read.
A new broom always brings in a larger sweep. Stoops as a new coach has definitely revamped interest. But, if his recruiting success continues to be on par (when he's not really had a complete year on the job yet to prove all that he can do) then this new broom may be actually one that can continue its "sweeping" in of fans on board. All I know is that I've not been this excited about UK football since the Couch era even though I've continued to follow it. I know that this season will be a transitional one with a new coach and new system .... but it's just a great feeling a college football fan to have an actual reason to be excited about UK again.
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